This initiative graduated from the Clean Energy Ministerial in September 2020.
The Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group aims to promote the accelerated deployment of solar and wind technologies. In the Working Group’s first project phase, it developed a global atlas for solar and wind energy as well as a corresponding long-term strategy on joint capacity building. In addition, the final report of the Working Group’s econValue project outlines economic value creation effects from renewable energy deployment, as well as how to measure these effects and policies to facilitate and optimize them.
In its current project phase, the Working Group is focusing on the increasing role of auctioning systems for the cost-efficient deployment of renewable energy technologies, as well as on market and system integration of the rising shares of electricity from variable renewable energy sources. The Working Group, in partnership with IRENA, recently published a new report that provides key recommendations to guide policy makers in designing effective renewable energy auctions.
The groundbreaking Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is providing energy professionals and policy makers around the world with high-quality, uniform data for solar and wind project assessment, investment decisions, and policy planning.
Through these activities, the Working Group seeks to achieve the following goal:
For more information, view the Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group activities page or fact sheet.
The Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group strives to promote the accelerated deployment of solar and wind technologies worldwide. It initially focused on developing a global atlas for solar and wind energy; a corresponding long-term strategy on joint capacity building; and a report on economic value creation effects from renewable energy deployment, including how to measure these effects and policies to facilitate and optimize them.
The Working Group’s current focus is on two projects; the first project, carried out by the IEA’s Renewable Energy Division, analyses different approaches for system and market integration of variable renewable energies. It also entails a capacity building component in emerging economies. The second project, carried out by IRENA, analyses various design options of the auction scheme and focuses on presenting lessons learnt and best practices on how governments can design and implement auctions in the most cost efficient way while ensuring that projects awarded come online in a timely manner.
The Working Group held a meeting on the sidelines of CEM6 on the IEA’s study: “Securing the Value of Wind and Solar Power.”
After the Global Atlas (continued by IRENA), capacity building and econValue projects’ successful completion in 2014, the Working Group now focusses on auctioning systems’ increasing role for cost-efficient deployment of renewable energy technologies and market and system integration of rising shares of electricity from variable renewable energy sources.
Future progress on the actions of the Working Group regarding the accelerated deployment of renewable energy technologies depends on the commitment and support of as many partner countries as possible. Participation of additional partner governments in all activities of the Working Group is highly appreciated. The Working Group welcomes governments and all other stakeholders who have the willingness to contribute to its ongoing activities.